Nonfiction

Excited about the new ‘Picard’ series? Here’s what to watch to get caught up.

January 20, 2020

“Picard,” a new “Star Trek” series featuring an older Captain Jean-Luc Picard dragging himself out of retirement for one last hurrah, premieres on January 23. In interviews about the forthcoming series, the producers (Alex Kurtzman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and Sir Patrick Stewart himself) are eager to inform you that is not — […]

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Herzog in a Star Wars western? Meet ‘The Mandalorian’ (Review)

November 13, 2019

“The Mandalorian,” the first live action Star Wars TV series, is the Star Wars fan’s wet dream. It is a gritty take on Star Wars, so obsessed with the scum and villainy side of the story that it crams two cantina scenes into its first 40-minute episode. No one in this slice of the galaxy […]

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David Tennant reads vampire stories, Michael Moorcock’s rock ‘n’ roll chaos

October 16, 2019

(Above: Edvard Munch, “Vampyr”) David Tennant reads vampire stories: Hallowe’en has come for you a little early with this special treat — great vampire fiction by Fritz Leiber, Richard Matheson, Edith Wharton and other great authors, as read by one of the great contemporary interpreters of fantasy and science fiction roles on screens large and […]

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Here’s a li’l dish of Disney’s latest Star Wars and Marvel trailers …

August 26, 2019

Trailers, photos and more for The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, WandaVision, Moon Knight, She Hulk and What If … ? on the big and small screens.

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Strange transits through “The Daylight Gate” (review)

August 3, 2019

Unfailingly dire, unflinchingly bloody, full of love and license, and brimming over with real devotion and all-too-human devilry, Jeanette Winterson’s “The Daylight Gate“ is at once a history lesson, historical fiction, and a romantic tale of the fantastic. Centered on England’s first recorded with trials in the grim aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, this post-Elizabethan milieu is peopled with historical figures Winterson has made entirely her own.

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Let sleeping dogs lie: Gene Wolfe’s “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” (review)

June 29, 2019

Trust is a slippery prospect in Gene Wolfe’s collection of interconnected novellas, “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” — and while the oft-unfortunate characters that populate the book certainly have their own issues of trust, confidence and reliability in their lives, the one who really is left grasping after truth, and even a genuine sense of reality within this singular narrative collection, is the reader.

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